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Thailand is expecting a huge influx of arrivals from China and Taiwan due to the upcoming 90 day visa fee exemption scheme that waives all fees from the two markets.
“Numerous Chinese from the mainland and Taiwan are expected to come to Thailand after the government announced the visa-fee exemption,” said Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents. He went on to say that they generally travel in large groups and tour operators need to be prepared to accommodate their needs.
The Scheme was originally to be run from August the 1st to October 31st but the director general of the Department of Information at the Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the scheme would start this week.
The decision to waive fees for Chinese tourists can only encourage more Chinese arrivals in Koh Samui especially now Lucky Air are running a service three times a week from mainland China to the island. It is unclear whether the launch of the airlines new rout was deliberately launched around the same time as the scheme or if it is coincidence, however it’s great news for Lucky Air’s target market.